Budget vote speeches: Agriculture and Rural Development

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ina Cilliers MPL, and Spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Development, Janho Engelbrecht MPL , during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Ina Cilliers MPL
DA Gauteng Woordvoerder vir Landbou en Landelike Ontwikkeling

“Grondkwessie word slegs opgelos met haalbare beplanning”

Hoogtepunte:

  • Met ‘n totale begroting van R707 miljoen is die Gautengse Department van Landbou en Landelike Ontwikkeling se hande ferm agter sy rug vasgeknoop.
  • In Gauteng is die premier opgewonde oor nuwe projekte terwyl daar nie een voorbeeld van ‘n suksevolle en ekonomies volhoubare grondhervorminsprojek in ons provinsie is nie.
  • Daar is geen suksesvolle landboukoöperasies nie, en ontluikende boere is kronies afhanklik van regeringshulp en sal nooit volhoubaar kan boer nie.
  • En tog, het Gauteng van die mees suksesvolste landbou-produsente, wat sukses behaal sonder regeringshulp.
  • ‘n DA-regering met dieselfde landboubegroting sal sake baie anders bedryf.
  • Boere soos Greenway, en landbou-organisasies soos AgriGauteng, en begunstigdes soos die op Thusanang plaas, sal almal in dieselfde waardeketting geplaas word.
  • Die landbousektor sal soos goud opgepas word en tegnologie sal opnuut in die landbou gevestig word

Klik hier vir die volledige toespraak.

Speech by

Janho Engelbrecht MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Economic Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs

“Department’s wild west approach destroys Gauteng’s wildlife”

  • At a recent portfolio meeting the MEC was asked – confirmed that the Minister handed the AMD program to local government. Coincidentally, in Carletonville a giant sinkhole appeared because local government didn’t perform maintenance on water infrastructure, the responsible local government.
  • We are losing the battle against water pollution.
  • The reason for the sad state of water affairs in the province can only be attributed to poor waste water management.
  • I find it difficult to motivate for a department to receive a bigger budget allocation, when on a visit to an Agri-Park, I see rows of unused agricultural implements rusting away unused, seeds being delivered after the planting season.
  • This administration’s plans of re-industrialisation will forever remain a pipe dream.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Infrastructure Development

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development, Alan Fuchs MPL, as well as spokespersons for Infrastructure Development, Adriana Randall MPL and Ina Cilliers MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Infrastructure Development.

Speech by

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development

“Drastic intervention is required to put DID to work”

Speech highlights:

  • It is common cause that the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) is one of the worst performing in the Gauteng Provincial Government.
  • Drastic interventions are required to bring DID back from the brink.
  • During 2013/14, the department failed to spend R643 million of its budget, this year that amount increased to R1,2 billion
  • In 2015/16, it is almost guaranteed that this budget will not be fully spent.
  • While the department people are denied the opportunities to realise their dreams to a better life.
  • People cannot be all they can be if they have to wait years for schools, clinics and hospitals in their areas
  • People cannot access employment opportunities while projects stagnate and building sites stand empty
  • Government must create an environment where citizens can take advantage of opportunities, and DID has let Gauteng down.

The full speech can be obtained here

Speech by

Adriana Randall MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Infrastructure Development

“Infrastructure department slow on setting green agenda”

Speech highlights:

  • In 2013 “Green” was the buzzword, and DID initiated five major Green agenda programmes, including the solar rooftop initiative and natural gas partnerships.
  • Now in 2015, none of those programmes have seen the light of day, only a draft policy compiled by what used to be the Department of Public Works is in existence.
  • In this year’s budget the green agenda project has not been allocated any funding, whilst in 2014/15 the department reprioritized only R1m to fund feasibility studies.
  • We need to realign our focus onto climate change mitigation with each and every project.
  • Energy infrastructure is arguably the single most important feature in any city.
  • Speaker, this department needs to set its priorities straight, as we have a huge responsibility towards our future generation in caring and looking after our environment.

The full speech can be obtained here

Speech by

Ina Cilliers MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Infrastructure Development

“Transversal approach needed for provincial infrastructure success”

Speech highlights

  • There are many determinants and consequences of economic growth, one if which is the level of infrastructure development taking place.
  • Where such development is inadequate or inefficient, growth is slowed or even stopped in it tracks
  • DID is chronically short of engineers, project managers and contract managers.
  • At the end of the value chain, it is the poorest of the poor who suffer the most.
  • To improve service delivery DID and client departments must give up their closely guarded autonomy and embrace the concept of transversal planning.
  • The mind-set that should be entrenched in the Gauteng Provincial Government is to simultaneously serve the interest of different stakeholders.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Gauteng Provincial Treasury

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Spokesperson for Treasury, Adrianna Randall MPL and DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Finance, Mike Moriarty  MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Gauteng Provincial Treasury.

Adrianna Randall MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Finance

“Gauteng Treasury has much to do to implement government programmes”

Speech highlights:

  • The budget for the Provincial Treasury should reflect government programmes and project resource allocation priorities to serve the needs of the people.
  • Treasury should proactively plan and implement these programmes, to circumvent the surrender of funds to the Provincial Revenue Fund.
  • However, the province’s economic growth is slowing down and unemployment is at the highest level in 12 years.
  • Treasury must ensure that municipalities follow sound financial management practices, and support and build capacity.

The full speech can be obtained here

Mike Moriarty MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Finance

“Build more opportunities through partnerships”

Speech highlights:

  • In the past 6 years I have been a committed critic of the predecessors of GIFA and the ineffective work of the Treasury itself in respect of Public Private Partnerships to fund infrastructure development projects
  • However, if managed properly, PPPs will improve public infrastructure, service delivery and projects will be delivered with greater efficiency and save taxpayers money.
  • Currently there exist greater impediments in the form of National Treasury regulations, which became necessary to avoid corruption
  • We really need alternative ways to stop corruption in public projects.
  • This will require political will, and as a consequence the people of Gauteng will reap the rewards of delivery, jobs and dignity.
  • The signs so far have been positive but there is still some way to go.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Finance

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Spokesperson for Finance in Gauteng, Ashor Sarupen MPL, and Shadow MEC for Finance, Mike Moriarty MPL during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Finance.

Speech by
Ashor Sarupen MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Finance

Broadband: Unlocking opportunities through connectivity

  • United Nations research has shown that for every 10% that you increase broadband penetration in a low and middle income country; you see a corresponding GDP growth rise of 1.4%.
  • We live in a country characterised by high unemployment, high inequality and high levels of poverty.
  • Over a million ADSL lines in this country go unused because the Telkom monopoly prices consumers out of the market. We are losing out on economic growth and the creation of jobs every day because of this.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by
Mike Moriarty MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Finance

“Corruption will continue to rob Gauteng residents of opportunities”

  • Corruption robs ordinary citizens of money and services. Public officials or politicians involved in corruption prey on the public purse. The people who are hurt most are the poor and most vulnerable members of our society.
  • To stamp out corruption you must be swift, decisive and correct.
  • If the DA were in charge there would be fair processes for both the staff and the public on whose behalf we operate.
  • People should be served by an honest and hard-working provincial government.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Roads and Transport

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport, Neil Campbell MPL, Spokesperson for Roads and Transport, Graham Gersbach MPL, and Spokesperson for Roads and Transport, Justus de Goede MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Roads and Transport.

Speech by
Neil Campbell MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport

“Fair and efficient transport system not yet a reality for majority of Gauteng residents”

  • Despite assurances from the department that their funds will be well spent perusal of the budget will show that this is not so.
  • The failure of the department, yet again, to spend their budget last year highlights the fact that the public are not being treated fairly.
  • Most projects are running behind schedule as a result of poor contract management or because the wrong contractors were awarded tenders.
  • Substantial expenditure is earmarked for non-tolled alternative routes but if Phase 2 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project is introduced, in spite of total rejection of e-tolling by the public, very few alternate routes will remain.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by
Graham Gersbach MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson Roads and Transport

“A multitude of opportunities lie at the end of a better Gauteng road network”

  • Whilst the R6.6 Billion Budget of the Roads and Transport Department represents 7 % of the Provincial Government Budget of R95.39 billion the Department spends about 17 % of the infrastructure budget.
  • Despite being the smallest province geographically, Gauteng has almost 25 % of Municipal Urban Roads and streets in the country and these roads and streets represent almost 75 % of the roads and streets in Gauteng.
  • The maintenance of all roads in Gauteng is crucial for creating the opportunities for growing the National Economy which is the only hope for reducing unemployment.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Justus de Goede MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson Roads and Transport

“Efficient and extensive public transport key to economic freedom for all”

  • Efficient and extensive public transportation networks are key to unlocking economic freedom for all in Gauteng, yet this goal continues to remain elusive.
  • The budget does not address a vital element of transport in the province; with three contiguous Metros and inseparable transport links, surely a Transport Authority is an absolute necessity and not a luxury.
  • The state of public transport in our municipalities, in particular the Gauteng Metros, is very concerning; in at least two of them, bus services have been allowed to implode, and in Tshwane, the municipality is about to commit a major traffic planning error around the BRT system, which will have to be reversed at great cost.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Community Safety

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on June 19, 2015 by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Community Safety, Kate Lorimer MPL and and Spokesperson for Community Safety, Michele Clarke MPL during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Community Safety.

Speech by

Kate Lorimer MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety

Residents of Gauteng not yet safe to live in true freedom’’

Speech highlights:

  • At this moment, South Africans are not free to walk safely without threat.
  • What should the R 622,152 Million allocated be spent on to realize a vision of hope, the DA’s Vision 2029?
  • The Community Safety Oversight Bill should be enacted to allow for the introduction of a Police Ombudsman who will strengthen public confidence in the police by investigating complaints independently.
  • Social Programmes should be run by the Department of Social development, not by the Department of Community Safety.
  • Low crime rates, no corruption and an efficient criminal justice system grow opportunities for all South Africans.

The full speech can be obtained here

Speech by

Michele Clarke MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Community Safety

“Safety of Gauteng residents not at the core of the Community Safety budget”

Speech highlights:

  • The 2015/16 community safety budget fails to assist the department in achieving its core functions.
  • Not enough is being spent on the basics – helping the police to do their jobs better and making our communities safer.
  • Under-expenditure on Civilian Oversight is unacceptable as it is the most important function of this department.
  • The Gauteng Traffic department receives the largest portion of the budget, but is unable to reduce road fatalities
  • Operations during weekends are crucial as this is when the highest levels of unsavoury behaviour on the roads occur.
  • The department needs to ensure that the budget aligns with the very critical safety concerns of the people of Gauteng.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Sport, Art Culture and Recreation

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on June 19, 2015 by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation, Paul Willemburg MPL, Spokesperson for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation, Solly Msimanga MPL, and Spokesperson for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation, Kingsol Chabalala MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation.

Speech by

Paul Willemburg MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation

“Department of events to neglect the youth – again”

Speech highlights

  • Honourable Premier mentioned that Enoch Sontonga wrote the first verse of our National anthem at the age of 24. Madam MEC, can you imagine how much more this creative artist would have achieved had he been given the opportunity to develop his enormous talent? Can the same be said of opportunities afforded to the talented, creative youth of Gauteng?
  • …through programmes such as drama, music and visual arts in schools that latent creative talent is identified, harnessed, nurtured and developed.
  • Instead of being the Departments of Events Honourable MEC, your department should be investing in the future of the youth in Gauteng.
  • MEC, could you imagine instead of getting a donor to fund your Gala Dinner in Sandton this evening that you rather used that money to supplement a bursary scheme?

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Solly Msimanga MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation

“Increase in budget will not improve cultural wealth”

Speech highlights

  • We must acknowledge that a nation which does not prioritise its knowledge centres – such as libraries, will lose sense of the value of its soul, will be led by the wrong people in the wrong way, forgo wisdom and endangered the present life and future prospects of its children.
  • I am still to hear of a plan as to how we would ensure that libraries we hand over to municipalities are properly maintained and adequately stocked at all time.
  • I hope in this coming financial year, we will see functioning hubs, adequately resourced. These shouldn’t be like the current hubs which are used to host ANC branch meetings or as storage for ANC Election pamphlets.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation

Culture plays a defining role to shape and influence our identity

Speech highlights

  • Key outputs in the Museums and Arts and Culture programmes for schools, to promote and support drama, music, arts and dance appear in the planning for the current financial year, but they are allocated zero budgets.
  • Gauteng is the province of opportunity, but yet we rob up-and-coming artists of the opportunity of a free platform where they can showcase their talents and make their dreams come true.
  • This budget does not support and promote those who suffer disadvantage because of past discrimination.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Education

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on June 19 2015 by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Education, Khume Ramulifho MPL, Spokesperson for Education, Alan Fuchs MPL and Spokesperson for Education, Solly Msimanga MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Education.

Speech by

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

“Budget not conducive to quality educational outcomes”

Speech highlights

  • The core mandate is to ensure that learning and teaching is taking place in a classroom instead of the boardroom.
  • The department should strive to attract and retain experienced teachers. The pay structure for teachers should be attractive if we are serious about the quality of education outcomes.
  • …some schools were excluded from the tablet process – such as Noorgesig primary. Security is huge risk at all schools. These learners deserve opportunity to access tablets facilities like other learners from other schools.
  • The department wants to build schools without approved plans, many projects are on hold because there are no approved plans by municipalities, and the department fails to comply with land use requirements and fails to comply with Environmental Impact Assessment regulations. Panorama, Glenvista, Diepsloot and other areas are clear examples of poor planning as the building of schools is on hold due to non-compliance.
  • It is regrettable that the department has not finalized information about newly elected school governing bodies.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Education

“Budget has forgotten Gauteng’s youth”

Speech highlights

  • …it is difficult for you to admit that 21 years and billions of Rands have produced an education system that is sub-standard, but in your lucid moments you sometimes say things that indicate that you are clear about the problems.
  • How much of this budget is to be spent on early interventions to ensure that learners do not fall so far behind in the foundational phase that they can never catch up?
  • In countries that espouse values of freedom, fairness and opportunity, an education system that produces quality outcomes, is a non-negotiable prerequisite

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Solly Msimanga MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Education

“Gauteng education in a state of ill repair”

Speech highlights

  • The employment index goes to highlight that the skills shortage among qualified technicians is the main reason for this huge amount of unfilled vacancies.
  • Failure to invest in more technical schools poses a significant limitation on the country’s long-term economic growth potential, with viable economic opportunities often rendered unviable.
  • MEC Lesufi, we need to ensure that teacher development is prioritized so all learners are afforded opportunity to be taught by qualified teachers

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Human Settlements

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 19 June 2015 by the DA’s Spokespersons for Human Settlements, Mervyn Cirota  MPL and Lebo More MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Human Settlements.

Speech by

Mervyn Cirota MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Human Settlements

“Beat the housing backlog by getting the basics right”

Speech highlights

  • Old problems have not been resolved and new issues continually arise.
  • Gauteng’s housing backlog has now passed 800 000 for the first time.
  • Department can only reduce this shortfall at a rate of 30 000 per year
  • Despite reports that the bucket system has been eradicated, portable chemical toilets are not being cleaned often enough
  • Corrupt practices surrounding housing allocation lists continue unabated
  • So many more people in Gauteng would have had decent houses had this department gotten the basics of planning, overseeing and quality control right.
  • So many more people would have been able to raise capital to start their own businesses, or send their children to university, had this department given them their title deeds after seven years.
  • Gauteng’s people will never be truly freed from the shackles of poverty unless this department listens to their needs and delivers on its mandate.

The full speech can be obtained here

Speech by

Lebo More MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Human Settlements

Consult with communities before planning housing developments

Speech highlights

  • Today, many people still remain in informal settlements, while others dwell in the backyards of friends, and at times, dubious landlords.
  • The budget of the Department of Human Settlements should at all times respond to these points that reflect the will of the people.
  • Many people are still desperately waiting to be given their tittle deeds, and government needs to respond
  • The time has arrived to search for new and innovative housing models and building technologies.
  • The one-approach-fits-all mentality does not work and communities have to be at the centre of consultation and participation.

The full speech can be obtained here

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Budget vote speeches: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature 19 June 2015 by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fred Nel MPL and Spokesperson for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mervyn Cirota  MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Speech by

Fred Nel MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

“COGTA must provide more support to tackle service delivery ills”

Speech highlights:

  • Highlight of the budget is the long awaited establishment of the provincial disaster management centre.
  • The province needs to see how delivery of basic services is accelerated in all communities, especially those that were hurt most by apartheid
  • However, while it may appear on the surface that the budget delivers, closer analysis reveals that it definitely does not do so
  • Bulk of the budget goes to CDW programme, but this programme does not promote public participation significantly
  • CDW programme is an indication that it is the main strategic priority of the department, but the hard issues are receiving much less priority than they should
  • Impact of COGTA on local government in the province is hardly felt.
  • Municipal finances are deteriorating, response times to failing infrastructure taking longer, infrastructure roll-out is slow, billing chaos, corruption is rife and the so called services endured by citizens is appalling
  • More resources need to be spent on the real priorities of local government in the province and the COGTA budget needs to reflect it.
  • As a result the DA cannot support the COGTA budget.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Mervyn Cirota MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

COGTA needs to serve the community and restore human dignity

Speech Highlights:

  • Two of the ten pillar strategic objectives are the “promotion and establishment of organs of popular power and democratic systems which incorporate street committees, ward committees and block committees.
  • Reports are still being received from the our members on these committees that some of the ward members are still untrained ; that they pay lip service on their intended mandates and turn up for meetings only to receive their monthly stipend. Of serious concern is the lack of connection by these committees with the community.
  • Failure to serve the community is failure to provide an opportunity where the community is inclusive and limits their freedom to influence their future.

The supply of water and sanitation is paramount. Human dignity is severely undermined should these services be lacking.

The full speech can be obtained here

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